30.7 million forcibly displaced people due to climate emergency
Climate emergencies cause three times more forced displacements than wars and conflicts. Natural disasters generated 30.7 million displacements in 149 countries and territories in 2020.
The humanitarian cost of the climate crisis is enormous: forced displacement, hunger, conflict, death and devastation. If we do nothing, by 2050, 200 million people could be in need of assistance every year as a result of the climate emergency. The poorest regions of the world are the hardest hit.
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Massive flooding in South Sudan
Bak, an 80-year-old South Sudanese refugee living 50 metres from the Blue Nile in Khartoum, does not remember seeing floods similar to those he saw in late 2020 in Sudan, which wreaked havoc across the country. "The water was coming into my house and I couldn't sleep. The water kept flowing for seven days until it went down," explains Bak.
Situations like Bak's in Sudan are becoming increasingly common around the world. Climate change causes weather events such as torrential rains, heat and cold waves, storms, hurricanes, tropical storms, extreme droughts, and refugees and displaced people are the most vulnerable ones.
UNHCR provides assistance and protection to climate displaced people, whose reasons to flight are often interlinked with conflicts. It also works to assist victims of natural disasters when requested to do so by affected governments.